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Senior Scientist

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FOCUS:  Restoration and Fish Habitat, Fish-Forestry, Telemetry or related focus              

LOCATION:  Portland, Oregon

Overview:  Cramer Fish Sciences (CFS) is a fisheries research consulting firm serving the Pacific Northwest and California. Our mission is to rigorously apply the scientific method to provide scientifically robust solutions to our clients for a variety of fisheries and environmental challenges. The CFS team achieves this through effective and unbiased data collection, insightful analysis and interpretation, and clear communication. The Senior Scientist supports these outcomes by providing science expertise and leadership within the company and with clients, developing projects, obtaining funding, providing project management leadership for multiple projects including managing and directing staff, statistical analysis, and reporting and publication of results.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Serve in a business development capacity for CFS, maintaining and developing relationships to attract and win profitable projects

Provide specialized, highly sought-after technical analysis and review on a variety of projects, and provide technical advice and counsel directly to clients

Directs and manages the CFS science team in Portland

Lead or participate in all aspects of the project work including proposal/scope, project implementation, data analysis and report writing

Manage project budgets and communicate regularly with administrative staff and clients

Negotiate with clients on project scope and budget

Serve as the program lead on large projects

Oversee and review project tasks for scientists and specialists

Represent CFS at scientific conferences and give presentations and mentor junior scientists on presentations

Publishes papers in leading scientific journals

Perform other duties as assigned


Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (required):

Expertise: Considered an expert in the field with a positive reputation with clients. Has co-authored published peer-reviewed articles concerning fisheries and aquatic science issues and opportunities. Demonstrated ability to acquire and manage complex, dynamic fisheries projects with State, Federal, Tribal and Industry partners. Proven ability to identify and capitalize on emerging fisheries and aquatic issues.

Project Management Skills: Excellent ability to organize projects and people, delegate appropriately, communicate often and with transparency, and learn from project successes and failures to ensure the organization grows in capability. Deliver cutting-edge science and practical solutions to clients and the region. Able to meet deadlines within budget.

Team Leadership Skills: Sets high performance and quality standards and enables the team to be successful. Views all team members as critical and important and treats team members with respect and professionalism. Able to delegate and leverage opportunities for growth while skillfully using individual team member strengths.  Mentors/develops individual team members.

Science-Business balance. Should demonstrate expertise and be passionate about science, natural resources, and resolving complex fishery problems. Understands management and business functions to help manage CFS as a profitable business.


Desired Experience and Personal Attributes:

Significant fisheries science and/or aquatic restoration expertise, but versatile enough to effectively acquire and manage a variety of relevant CFS projects

Strong ability to hold oneself and others accountable and responsible for meeting goals and commitments; driving the work of CFS scientific staff

Ability to produce accurate, timely and quality work and be accountable for meeting objectives

Strong decision-making and execution skills.  Results oriented individual

Strong initiative; considered a self-starter

Innovative/Creative approach to scientific problem solving

Comfortable operating at a high level in an uncertain environment

Ability to work collaboratively with others to resolve problems

Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to express and exchange ideas

Strong customer service ethic in delivery of services

Positive energy as evidenced in an optimistic outlook and a disposition to encourage

Organizational leadership and supervisory experience


Education/Minimum Qualifications:   

M.S. or Ph.D. in fisheries, forestry, biology or equivalent science and 15 years or more of experience

Minimum of 5 years of Project and Team Management experience

Demonstrated ability to obtain funding and lead projects from start-to-finish


Working Conditions and Physical Demands:

Must be comfortable working in the aquatic environment including working from a boat, swimming and wading in rivers and streams

Require long periods of computerized data analysis or writing in an office environment

Must be able to work effectively in inclement weather

Irregular working hours on occasion to meet project deadlines

Travel 10-40% of the time mostly to CFS offices, clients, field sites, and scientific conferences


Compensation and Benefits:

Competitive base salary based on qualifications

Health and retirement benefits

Incentive pay structure available

CFS is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company


Closing Date:  31 October 2018, or until filled.

Location:  Portland, OR

How to apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Phil Roni at:

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